The end of the year often represents closure on projects and a mini-break before the start of the next year’s projects. How should a new PM (and all of us!) take advantage of that?
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We start the new decade with a bang as we present the 13th edition of our annual virtual conference and exhibition! Whether you’re a seasoned PM or new to the field, PMXPO provides an excellent opportunity to learn, network, earn PDUs and broaden your perspective on project management. This year’s show is headlined by keynote speaker Cara Brookins, a bestselling author who rebuilt her broken family by building her own house watching “how-to” videos on YouTube.
The PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018 is the fusion of two prior events, the Internet Systems & Technologies Symposium, and the Talent Management Conference. The new event focuses on the impact of rapidly changing technologies on the project management discipline and careers. Participants will better understand how emerging technologies affect their career and skills progression, as well as the evolving needs of hiring managers as they seek out top project management talent.
Risk, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things—as technology transforms project management, PM professionals are either ahead of the game, or falling behind. Stay current and competitive with the 2017 PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium. Exclusive to PMI members, this free, virtual event delivers a full day of intelligence on innovation and its impact on your PM career. • Gain insight into the tech-driven trends disrupting our industry, without leaving your desk • Network with the PMI global community while developing the skills organizations are looking for today—and tomorrow • Earn 6 PDUs • Get actionable intelligence you will not find anywhere else, tailored specifically for project and program managers Register today— Here are more details on sessions and speakers.
At their best, Project Managers are great leaders. A leader’s prime responsibility is to produce positive results. In developing The Living Organization ® operating system, we have reverse engineered how the best leaders create lasting impact with less effort than most others. In this presentation, we reveal the secret source of such leaders and provide practical examples of how project managers can integrate it into their daily practice.
Agile Project Management requires some additional skills to be possessed by an Agile Project Manager. It does not only involve managerial skills but also requires more team-oriented and leadership skills. Agile Development is a value-driven model with focus on outcomes unlike traditional approaches which are plan-driven in nature and based on output.
Save Time With Tools + Templates
This two-page project charter template includes sections for a stakeholder list, summary milestone schedule for various project phases (like collecting requirements, the development phase and prototype testing), and more. Adapt it to fit your specific project.
Keep track of equipment for your project using this simple Excel log.
This Excel workbook contains a wealth of templates to help you during your project. It includes a project checklist, charter, budget sheet, risk log, scope change log, project team register, communication reference chart, lessons learned register and more.
While actively participating in mentorship during a project with a local design/build firm, this practitioner compiled an overview of the project management process as detailed in PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Use this overview with other project managers as a tool to reference in your day-to-day PM activities (as well as share with new project managers).
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Information security is all about protection of information and its critical elements (confidentiality, integrity and availability), including the systems and process that use, store and transmit that information. When it comes to information security, what exactly does it mean to us as project managers? This author helps you put the right procedures in place.
When you are first taught PM skills, there’s a lot of focus on building the plan. But they never tell you about the importance of Plan B. This helps you deal with things that go wrong, but also helps you understand what might go wrong and prevent problems before they occur.
You don’t have to be a seasoned project manager to have a negative view of the lessons-learned process. But is it really such a waste of time? New PMs especially should carry out lessons learned as often as they can. Here are some ways to do that...
Dependencies are a fundamental part of project planning, but not many people get it right. Here’s a primer on how it should work.
As more and more people in the workforce grew up with a connected world, the use of the tools of that world become more necessary for enhancing organizational growth.
Quality management may not be the most talked about aspect of project management, but it has the most impact on the solution. Let’s start with one of the biggest misconceptions about quality that many new PMs have...
Perhaps the most daunting type of project for new PMs is the external one—the one where you are looking real customers in the eye. What are the secrets to success?
“Project” is a huge, broad word that has such rich possibilities in terms of helping define how people do what they do and how organizations achieve their goals, create change, and deliver value. We are moving toward not defining work by its features or attributes, but in terms of what needs to get done, and figuring out the best way to do it. We call this The Project Economy.
As a project manager, you are seen as someone who can influence and support the careers of others. That’s a privilege, and a responsibility. Make sure you know how to handle it.
As a new project manager, it’s always nice to have a more experienced colleague around who can help you succeed. Or is it?
In projects, the plan is seen as one of the critical elements of effective management—and it is. But don’t give it too much weight or it can lead you astray. You must recognize that plans will continue to develop and evolve as the work proceeds.
New PMs often have a lot of questions they think are weird—questions that can be difficult to ask. In this article, the author reaches into his mailbag to explore a trio of questions raised by our readership on sticky situations faced by project managers.
As we continue to work remotely and with virtual teams, the number of meetings has increased tremendously. How can we have meetings that are not only productive, but also an efficient use of time? Here are 15 tips to help!
There are situations where the constraints of a project are unrealistic—where the required work just can’t be done in the allotted time with the team that you have been given. What do you do in that situation? Sponsors sometimes have unrealistic expectations. Deal with them.
Risk management is a key part of foundational training for project managers, but it can still be problematic. In particular, the strategy of risk acceptance can trip up new PMs.
We hear a lot that project management is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s completely the wrong analogy…it shouldn’t be either. The work/life balance is supposed to be a real thing, so it's time we embrace striving for maximum success with minimum effort.
Chaos loves a vacuum. New project managers often struggle with managing their time. That leads to things getting missed—and disaster will soon follow.
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